Los Angeles!

When I graduated college, the goal was always to move to LA. I'd never been, but it was the one place in the country I felt I didn't have to visit to know I belonged there. After graduation, I was a dumb 20-something in love and chose to stay. Needless to say, that didn't work out, but I wouldn't change a thing. Because, well, I'm happily married and happily living in Dallas. 

Anyway, the husband and I knew we wanted a quick 4-5 day getaway and after sifting through our options, traveling overseas with such a short amount of time didn't seem feasible. So, we decided on Southern California.  

We left on a Wednesday after work and returned on a redeye Sunday night/Monday morning (and went to work Monday. Don't want to talk about it). Here are some pictures from our trip.  

Airbnb: we opted to stay in an Airbnb property because it was the most affordable option given the location we wanted to be in. Chona, our host, was pleasant and the place was sufficient for the price. She apparently has several cottage-like efficiency bedrooms within one house. It worked well. My only complaint is the parking (because, LA) and the ants that decided to show face in masses our last couple of nights. It was otherwise cute and cozy. 

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Day one: we spent the majority of the day exploring Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  

The infamous pink wall at the Paul Smith store in West Hollywood. 

The infamous pink wall at the Paul Smith store in West Hollywood. 

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But of course... 

But of course... 

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Day two: we went to Runyon Canyon to hike. Or as my dramatic husband likes to tell it "climb a mountain." I wish we had something like that in Dallas. I would be in great shape (if I didn't find excuses not to go, of course). Afterward, we rewarded ourselves with Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. Then drove through the Hollywood Hills. We capped off this day with a trip to Manhattan Beach before resting up for a night out. Let me tell you, I hate clubs. But I hate clubs in Hollywood more than I hate clubs. 

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Day three: we got a late start, but we went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) just to get my Urban Lights pictures in. Then we headed to Santa Monica then to Venice. 

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On our last day, we checked out of our Airbnb and went to brunch with my friend Tori (pictured above). Tori and I have been friends since college and she moved to LA a couple of years ago. It is was great to have a tour guide who didn't make being a third wheel an issue. For brunch, we went to The Hart & the Hunter. And I'm only mentioning it because it was the best meal of our trip. The biscuits. Lord. Life changing, I tell you. Check them out if you have the chance. And get the biscuits. 

Also, Gabriela, our waitress was awesome.  

Also, Gabriela, our waitress was awesome.  

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We ended the trip by watching the Cowboys lose at a sports bar and then lounging at Tori's until we had to head to the airport. That was miserable. But as I said, I don't want to talk about it. All in all, it was a great trip. I'll definitely be back sooner than later. 

Xo, 

Aquia